Portstewart prepares to light up for Christmas

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THE Crescent, Portstewart, is the place to be this Friday evening for the biggest show in town as the Christmas light switch on gets underway.

Beginning at 6.30pm the event, organised by Coleraine Borough Council, will bring some joyful cheer to all and will officially launch the start of the festive season.

DJ Brian Moore local resident and well know entertainer will host proceedings that will include a mix of well known festive tunes from the pop charts. Mixing things up, there will also be a dance competition for the kids.

Special guest, Santa Claus, will arrive accompanied by the Mayor of Coleraine, councillor Sam Cole, to switch on the Christmas lights in Portstewart at 7.30pm.

Festive walkabout characters will entertain the young and a visit to Santa’s grotto for children aged 11 or younger will be the highlight of the evening.

Portstewart Community Association will be adding to the programme with a Children’s Festive Disco in Portstewart Town Hall.

The event is free and open to all children of primary school age. The evening will have a strong dance theme with local dance tutor Catherine Simpson in attendance and refreshments will be made available for the children. The event commences following the switch on at 7.30pm and concludes at 9pm.

The Mayor of Coleraine, councillor Cole said: “The annual Christmas lights switch on is one of those magical family events that bring a huge amount of excitement to the town and I look forward to seeing everyone enjoying the festivities”.

Next stop for Santa and the Mayor is Kilrea, the town centre will receive them with a warm welcome on Saturday, December 8.

From 4pm on the stage in the Diamond, host, DJ Brian Moore, will get the Christmas party started with music and dance competitions. Choirs from Kilrea Primary School and St Columba’s Primary School will perform a number of Christmas carols. Santa will arrive by fire engine to switch on the lights at 5pm.

Children of 11 years and younger, accompanied by an adult will receive an early Christmas gift at the Grotto. Motorists please note that Coleraine Street will be closed from 4.15pm-5.30pm.